5 Things New Managers Should Focus on First

If you are a new manager or know a new manager take a quick peek at these 5 tips!

10 Leadership Tips and Tools to Ditch the Drama and Turn Excuses Into Results

Friend and fellow speaker Cy Wakeman of Reality Based Leadership shares some great tools in this article. Take a peek! […]

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

What makes an effective leader? This study helps show what qualities are found to be important for leading figures to […]

Interview Ice Breakers: 7 Questions to Segue into Meaningful Candidate Conversations

Making relationships before jumping straight into interview questions can really make a difference! Read to find out more! 🙂   […]

High Performing Jerks = Culture Crushers!

If you tolerate high performers who stink at the people stuff, you ARE changing your culture (whether it’s consciously or […]

What Great Managers Do Daily

In my experience, two VERY important questions for managers (highlighted in this article): (1) What’s in it for your top […]

Unmistakeable Habits of Unlikeable People

This is worth a read.  I agree with (and see) SO many of these…

How to Immediately Stop Being Average (At Anything)

It’s not rocket science…  Just get out of your own way and do it!

Ten Secrets of Public Speaking Success

What’s people’s #1 fear?  PUBLIC SPEAKING.  Check out this link to a really great article on how you can be […]

Stop Making Gratitude All About You!

An interesting take on gratitude…

7 Ways to Say No Without Making People Mad

This has come up a few times during our programs…  Follow the link to find a few practical ideas and […]

Leaders Quit Trying to Be Fair and Do This Instead

Complete the following statement: “I’m being fair because I treat everyone the ______ .”  Follow the link to read on…

6 Ways to Overcome Your Dread of Delegating

Take a read through this great article by Susan Richie… Twice this week I’ve had two conversations about delegation. Once […]

When to Skip a Difficult Conversation

Great Harvard Business Review article on one of our most requested training topics!

The Linchpin of Organizational Health

In case you missed his recent free webinar, Patrick Lencioni recently sent this newsletter. If you haven’t yet, do sign […]

Great Leaders Know They’re Not Perfect

It’s not unusual for executives to enter a new job with deep-seated feelings of being an impostor. Our research studying […]

What Got You Here Won't Get You There

Nice video from Marshall Goldsmith – with a reminder to live life purposefully…    

Micromanagement is Underrated – Patrick Lencioni

The title of this article caught my attention.  Totally agree with what Patrick says here – and I have to […]

The 10 Biggest Productivity Killers at Work & Smartphone Etiquette

  Cell phone usage at work has come up frequently in recent programs…  Thought it would be a great topic […]

Replace Your Bad Leadership Habits in 2015

Great article from (link above)… Bad Leadership Habit #1: Poor Communication Bad Leadership Habit #2: Hoarding Knowledge Bad Leadership […]

How to Change People Who Don't Want to Change

Talking with leaders about this all the time…  Here’s the behavioral science (BS) behind why!

Top 5 LinkedIn Articles

Here are links to the current Top 5 most read articles on LinkedIn: 6 Toxic Behaviors That Push People Away: […]

The Entitlement Creed

Perhaps a video for new employee orientation?

Avoiding Akward Performance Reviews

When you hear the words performance review, do you think “Awesome!” or “Fun!” or “Can’t wait!”?  Most don’t.  Performance reviews […]

Don’t Rely on Luck: A Simple Succession Plan Example

Hearing lots these days about Succession Planning. A client passed this blog post/link along to me (thanks, Jennifer)! This is […]

When Crucial Conversations Go Social – From VitalSmarts (

Crucial conversations aren’t always spoken, often they are typed. SHINE ON!

Don McMillan: Life After Death by PowerPoint

Have you ever sat through a horrible PowerPoint presentation?  (Guessing most everyone is saying YES right now…)  Bad use of […]

How Google Sets Goals

The video embedded below is from Google Ventures.  It’s a great summary of how Google sets performance goals – how […]

50 Potential Behavior Based Questions for Your Next Interview

Behavior Based Questions for You to Use! SHINE ON!

Engagement & Team Member Recognition Activity

Here is an activity to use with your team to shed more light on the concept of engagement and also to promote […]

Retiring Boomers

Interesting article and one that I think hits home for many of my clients.  As we look at our workforce […]

Google – How to Build a Better Manager

What we can learn from Google’s research on great managers! SHINE ON!

Simon (or Your CEO) Says

Is your team experiencing lots of change at work?  Do you have individuals who have a hard time listening/focusing when there are […]

Communication Origami

If you’re looking for an activity or team building idea to drive home how important clear communication is (or something […]

Present Tense

As we approach the holidays, I found the following especially meaningful.  This was written by Jason Lehman, who was 14 […]

Thinking Outside (& Inside) the Box – Nine Dots Puzzle

This is a great, quick activity to use with your team.  Best of all, I’ve included the answer and potential […]

"How to Turn Anything From Adequate to Amazing"

Bill Taylor, Co-Founder of the Fast Company magazine, wrote the following for the Harvard Business Review Blog Network…  Love it!   […]

Dealing with Toxic Gossip at Work – From Crucial Skills

Saw this on a blog post this morning (by David Maxfield – click here to visit the blog, Crucial Skills). […]

Using Your Strengths at Work

“Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” — Benjamin Franklin  Do you […]

"Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter"

The book on my nightstand is listed in the title of this blog, by Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown. What […]

Alexandre & Fred Bilodeau: An Inspiration

On February 14, 2010 Alexandre Bilodeau became the first Canadian to win an Olympic Gold Medal on Canadian soil. He […]

The Secret Structure of Great Talks

Steve Jobs, in his January 9, 2007 speech unveiling the first iPhone, ended with a Wayne Gretzky quote, “I skate […]

Accountability Assessment

To get where you want to go at work and in life, there is no magic or all-powerful wizard who […]

Be Grateful and Easily Pleased

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.” -James Oppenheim I am overflowing […]

Happy Employees = Increased Productivity, Creativity, & Engagement

One of our most requested keynote presentations is entitled, “Finding Happiness in the Craziness of Life”. Some may think that […]

An Unconventional Gift

I received the following in a newsletter from Patrick Lencioni, the author of “The Five Temptations of a CEO”, “Death […]

Goals: 101 to Accomplish in the Next 1001 Days

Only a little over a month until the New Year. What a great time to think about goal setting! I […]

The Not-So-Great Workplace

A bit ironic that last month’s blog post was about the best workplaces in Iowa and this month, I’m highlighting […]

Iowa’s Top Workplaces

It was SO awesome to see so many of our clients appear in the Sunday, September 18, 2011 Des Moines […]

Don’t Underestimate The Power of Goals

One day in the mid 1980’s, before he was famous, Jim Carrey decided to write out a real check to […]

10 Questions to Make Excellence Stick

I received this list of “10 Questions to Make Excellence Stick” recently from The Studer Group (by Bob Murphy). The […]

Top 5 Habits That Keep Employees From Career Advancement

According to new research from the authors of the book Change Anything, 97 percent of employees report they have some […]

Spinach in Your Teeth Messages: The Art of Giving (and Receiving) Honest Feedback By Beth Keane of The Studer Group

Received this article in my email inbox today and thought this could serve as a super springboard for a discussion […]

Short and FREE Videos

Are you a team leader or manager looking for tools you can use to spice up your team meetings? Or, […]

Alice Herz-Sommer – An Inspiration

Alice Herz-Sommer is a beacon of hope and inspiration to everyone who knows her. She turned 107 years old in […]

Stop & Listen to the Music!

In a Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007, a man with a violin played six […]

The Road to Happiness

At PeopleWorks, one of our most popular keynotes is “Finding Happiness in the Craziness of Life”. Recently, I received an […]

New Year’s Resolutions for Work

In the first month of the new year, millions of people resolve that the coming year will be better than […]

Stop Complaining!

Can you imagine your workplaces, teams, homes/family time, schools, communities, etc. free of complaints? Could you go 21 consecutive days […]

Jacob, Judge Judy Remind Workers of Bosses

I don’t watch much TV (and must admit I don’t know all the people mentioned below), but I found this […]

Facebook Firing

Lots going on in the social networking arenas these days. Take a peek at this Des Moines Register article on […]

Having A Sense of Urgency

Every once in awhile, someone will ask me what book I’m reading. Well, this week, I finished a book entitled, […]

Getting People to Talk in a Meeting or Training Session

A CEO pulled me aside yesterday after some supervisor training I did at his organization. He asked if the participants […]

10 Tips for Improving Your Meetings

309 hours per week. That’s how much time, on average, attendees of one of our recent training sessions spend in […]

Do You Have What it Takes to Survive?

Viktor Frankl’s wife, father, mother, and brother died in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. Enduring extreme hunger, cold, and […]

Making the Most of Your Time

In a day, we spend: 8 hours: Sleeping 3 hours: Eating(Okay, you might not spend 3 hours each day eating, […]

True Stories?

We have become masters at coming up with stories that make the reasons we haven’t met our goals/targets other people’s […]

The Happiness and Gratitude Connection

Want to be happy? Be grateful. Although this is the time of the year where we are reminded to be […]

Congratulations to Ag Partners!

Hats off to one of our awesome clients/partners, Ag Partners LLC! We nominated them for the Citation of Merit award […]

Performance Hides a Variety of Sins

Last week, I had the privilege of spending three days training an awesome group of managers. I posed something like […]

Personality Profile

People are fascinated with how accurately short assessments can predict and describe behavior, communication styles, and in general, personality. I […]

Change Behavior

Over the years, I’ve worked with hundreds of organizations and there are a few disturbing practices they seem to have […]

The Millenials are Coming!

I’ve had many, many, many calls lately about how to manage “Generation Y” or the “Millenials”. I came across this […]


People’s #1 fear in life is public speaking (my career – crazy, huh?). Their #2 fear is death. Why do […]


If you have ever been to one of my management training programs or perhaps even a keynote presentation (or viewed […]

Come Along!

After attending a training session on Friday on “Games, Gadgets, and Gizmos” (which, I’m usually on the other side of […]

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